How to Check Outlook Email From Home

Updated April 17, 2017

Many people use Outlook as their main e-mail software at work. But what if you want to access you Outlook e-mail account at home? It is possible to access your Outlook message through your at-home Internet service provider (ISP) with software called GoPOP. You set up GoPOP on your work computer only. There is nothing to install on your home computer, though you will have to take steps to configure your home mail server. With just a few steps at work and a few steps at home, you'll be able to gain full access to your Outlook mail from either place.

Check with your office's IT department or your network administrator to see if you can use a service like GoPOP to give you remote access to your Outlook e-mail.

Go to the GoPOP website (see link in Resources). Download the software and install on your primary (work) computer. You will need your IP address. If you don't know how to locate your IP address, see link in Resources.

Create a username, password and the APOP Secret (another password, this one is optional).

When prompted, choose advanced security options for additional protection.

Establish guidelines to prevent unauthorised access.

Establish message deletion configuration, choose whether to delete messages completely or send them to the deleted folder on your work computer.

Click "OK" to save changes.

Configure your remote e-mail. The steps may be different depending on what program you are using, but they will all require the following steps.

Input your username and password you created when you installed GoPOP.

Input the IP address. This will be the incoming mail or POP3 server address. If you don't know how to locate your IP address, see link in Resources.

Input the outgoing mail or SMTP server address. This will be the same as the one you configured in Outlook at your work/primary computer or you can use the outgoing server designated by remote device's mail client.

You should now be able to access your work/primary Outlook account at home.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Internet access
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